Summary: We bought this because we love espresso but only had one of the small stove top percolators so we wanted something better. This makes absolutely great espresso! The water head and filter basket are quality parts and fit snug with good seals. The only thing we don't like is that it states to let it warm up for 15 minutes after making a cup to do another. The hot water indicator doesn't seam to work properly but that hasn't really been a problem because we just time it.
Summary: This espresso maker works very well. It is a quick, sturdy machine; far superior to our last model that was comprised of plastic, with a lid for the water reservoir that broke almost straight out of the gate. The DeLonghi is more compact, it's quiet, efficient and user friendly, especially compared once more to our former product. It's a quality home brewer, but it did have one minor low point.
Summary: produces little to no creama on espresso shots really not hot enough as with most economical machines you get what you pay for. Look outstanding it will impress your friends eyes but not there palette.
Summary: I've owned a number of Espresso machines over the years, several of them were made by DeLonghi. The EC702 is the best machine I've seen for less than $500.00. I make and drink espresso all day long and while I've only had my EC702 for a couple of months, it has worked well. I paid less than $150.00 for it new. I only use filtered water in it. I use freshly ground French Roast coffee. I clean the frother and coffee basket after every use.
Summary: Excellent espresso maker. Well made, attractive, and easy to clean. I would defiantly recommend this maker to those on a low budget as it is affordable and does the job. the only thing that I would change is to have the steam last a little longer. That is only a small drawback as it recovers quickly. I expect to use it for a long time.
Summary: Had I posted a review during the first few months of use--as most reviewers do--I would have given this machine five stars. When it works, it works great. The problem is that after every 200 cups or so, you're supposed to clean the steam head. This is essential to do because stray grounds can work their way into it, eventually clogging the head to the point where the water runs out too slowly, or not at all.